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Health Communications Assistant
Research Study Assistant

Health Communications Assistant (Part-Time Temp Position)

Program Description: The Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH) at Northwestern University connects scholars from numerous disciplines with the SGM community to forge collaborations and stimulate new research. It provides leadership and infrastructure that promotes innovative, multidisciplinary research to improve the health and well-being of SGM individuals and communities. The Institute provides unique opportunities for high-level research and training for the next generation of SGM scholars and utilizes innovative modalities to disseminate knowledge widely to the SGM community, the public at large, scholars, service providers, educators, and policymakers. It is the first university-wide institute of its kind. ISGMH is comprised of several programs, including the IMPACT LGBT Health and Development Program, a translational research program with the mission to improve the health of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community and to increase understanding of the development of sexual orientation and gender identity, with a focus on young people. Both ISGMH and IMPACT are directed by Dr. Brian Mustanski.

Project Description: The Health Communications Assistant will work on communications initiatives across both ISGMH and IMPACT to help plan, generate, disseminate, and evaluate web content and contribute to the overall website content strategy, as well as promote the growing Institute across multiple communications channels. As a translational research program, the IMPACT Program maintains a strong online presence through its comprehensive website (www.impactprogram.org), which receives over 250,000 views each year, contains weekly blogs, interactive quizzes, videos, and other resources designed to reach young people with messaging on healthy sexuality and community pride. Contributing to the success of the program website is a $10k/month online marketing campaign through a non-profit grant from Google AdWords. The Health Communications Assistant will focus on the development of content related to HIV prevention and care for adolescents and young adults.

Specific Job Activities: Primary activities include: generating e-news bulletins; writing or building new pieces of web content; helping maintain websites in WordPress; performing tasks to improve search engine optimization of web pages; creating Google AdWords ads to promote web content; disseminating information via social media; collecting and analyzing Google Analytics data to make data-driven decisions.

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. A bachelor’s degree in communications or a related field + no experience OR no bachelor’s degree + two years related experience is required.
  2. Experience using WordPress or another content management system.
  3. Basic knowledge of HIV prevention and care.
  4. Experience or interest in working on LGBT issues.

Minimum Competencies:

  1. Excellent communication skills with effective spoken and written communication.
  2. Strong organizational skills and the ability to prioritize tasks.
  3. Efficient and resourceful in problem-solving.
  4. Effective time management skills.
  5. Demonstrated attention to detail and ability to adhere to instructions/procedures.
  6. Demonstrated ability to take ownership of the work, possessing initiative, and good follow-through.
  7. Knowledge of basic computer skills, familiarity with Windows environment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Experience with Google AdWords and/or Google Analytics.
  2. Knowledge of Adobe Photoshop or other design software.
  3. Experience with Twitter and Facebook or other social media.
  4. Experience working in public health, psychology, and/or medical research.

Preferred Competencies:

  1. Ability to work with minimum supervision and guidance.
  2. Flexibility in adapting to new procedures and environments.
  3. Ability to receive and benefit from feedback; willingness to expand skill set and improve performance.

The Health Communications Assistant will work approximately 10 hours per week at $13-15/hr, depending on experience. This position is funded for one year.

To apply for this position, please send a resume and cover letter to Julia Dudek, Program Manager, at j-dudek@northwestern.edu.

As per Northwestern University policy, this position requires a criminal background check. Successful applicants will need to submit to a criminal background check prior to employment. Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities. We are seeking a diverse pool of candidates. Candidates from racial/ethnic minorities are encouraged to apply.

Research Study Assistant: RADAR Project

Job Summary:

The Research Study Assistant performs biomedical and/or social-behavioral research by administering tests and/or questionnaires following protocols; collecting, compiling, tabulating and/or processing responses; gathering information; and/or assisting in the preparation of material for inclusion in reports.  This role completes all activities by strictly following Good Clinical Practices (GCP) and all relevant current local, state, and federal laws, regulations, guidance, policy and procedure developed by the NU Institutional Review Board (IRB), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), and the International Conference on Harmonization (ICH).

Program Description: The IMPACT Program conducts research on LGBT Health and Development (see http://www.impactprogram.org). It currently has multiple NIH- and foundation-funded studies and actively collaborates with community-based organization to conduct research and translate findings into interventions. It is directed by Dr. Brian Mustanski and is based in the Department of Medical Social Sciences in the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. Extensive community ties have been a hallmark of the IMPACT Program since its inception, and it is now a resident partner with the Center on Halsted (COH).

Project Description: The overall goal of the RADAR study is to identify and understand the connections among sexually transmitted infections (like HIV), drug and alcohol use, and romantic or sexual relationship patterns over time among young men who have sex with men (YMSM) inclusive of transwomen and gender non-conforming individuals. This cooperative agreement with the National Institute on Drug Abuse marks the first time that one study will look at drivers of new HIV infections at multiple levels– the genetics of the virus, effects of medications, individual behavior, sexual partner and relationship characteristics, networks, and community-level factors. A total of 657 YMSM have been enrolled into this study, and recruitment is ongoing. Eligible participants may return for up to 9 visits over the 5 years of the study.

Job Activities: The Research Study Assistant’s primary activities involve the scheduling and retention of research participants in the RADAR study with young MSM, transgender women, and gender non-conforming individuals ages 16-29. The position’s specific activities include: following established protocols for contacting and scheduling participants; tracking participants for retention purposes; conducting study assessments; maintaining accurate, timely and detailed records of participant contact; maintaining and updating databases; managing monthly E-raffles; generating weekly enrollment and retention figures to track study progress; maintaining accurate, timely and detailed records of study accrual and other study activities; assisting multi-site staff in retention activities; and other project-related responsibilities. The Research Study Assistant will be responsible for conducting HIV testing and counseling as part of the study procedures. If the candidate does not have an HIV testing and counseling certificate currently, they can obtain the certificate during training.

The Research Assistant (RA) is expected to work some evening hours (e.g., 11 AM – 7 PM) and weekend shifts to maximize retention efforts for study participants who are unavailable during the regular workday.

We are seeking a diverse pool of candidates. Candidates from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in research are encouraged to apply.

Please Note: Saturday and evening hours will be required. This position will be based off campus, at the Center on Halsted.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Recruits study participants; reviews and obtains informed consent; schedules study visits with participants; conducts interviews; may score test results; collects survey data; and may review medical records;
  • Facilitates communication with key personnel and participants to maintain project study flow;
  • Maintains detailed records of results which may include collecting, extracting and entering data; and preparing basic charts and graphs;
  • Performs scientific literature searches in support of research; and complete portions of grant applications and documents associated with current local, state, and federal regulatory guidelines, requirements, laws and research protocols when necessary;
  • Processes reimbursements for travel expenses; monitor and distribute petty cash when necessary;
  • Processes invoices and purchase requisitions;
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree in a social or health science + no experience or 2 years practical research study or related experience is required.
  • Must complete NU’s IRB CITI training before interacting with any participants.

Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)

  • Excellent communication skills with effective spoken and written communication.
  • Strong coordination skills and the ability to prioritize tasks.
  • Efficient and resourceful in problem-solving.
  • Effective time management skills.
  • Demonstrated attention to detail and ability to adhere to instructions/procedures.
  • Demonstrated ability to take ownership of the work, possessing initiative, and good follow-through.
  • Knowledge of basic computer skills, familiarity with Windows environment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous work experience involving direct interaction with participants or clients.
  • Experience working with LGBT youth.
  • Experience working in public health, psychology, and/or medical research.

Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)

  • Ability to work in a team environment.
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision and guidance.
  • Flexibility in adapting to new procedures and environments.
  • Ability to receive and benefit from feedback; willingness to expand skill set and improve performance.
  • Knowledge of HIV and HIV risk among YMSM.

To apply for this position, please visit Northwestern University’s careers site, and search for job 27955. As per Northwestern University policy, this position requires a criminal background check. Successful applicants will need to submit to a criminal background check prior to employment.

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities. We are seeking a diverse pool of candidates. Candidates from racial/ethnic minorities are encouraged to apply.

 


Training Opportunities

Our Training page contains information about the clinical psychology internship track in LGBT health with the IMPACT Program, as well Northwestern University’s Health Sciences Integrated PhD Program.


Internships

Please visit our Internships page for a full listing of film, web, writing/blogging, and research assistant internship opportunities.


IMPACT Program Diversity Statement: Northwestern University and IMPACT’s commitment to diversity is critical to our mission of advancing access to excellence in academic programs, world-class research, and health programs. Engagement in discrimination or harassment against any person because of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, military service, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression will not be tolerated.  Through its work, the IMPACT Program advances the health and wellbeing of LGBT individuals.  Staff and trainees should expect to find a diversity of sexual orientations and gender identities among IMPACT staff, trainees, research participants, and in outreach experiences.  We highlight the importance of respecting and valuing this aspect of diversity among staff and trainees.

 



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